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Wed Mar 29, 2017
Shilen_pate asked:
We want to refinance our condo, which was going well until the appraisal MLS search listed "pending litigation" which stopped the process. The HOA filed notice against a contractor…
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Sun Oct 16, 2016
ladyda asked:
Currant 1 story foot print is 1310sf, so a complete second floor would be an additional 1310sf. The new build would include one bathroom and three additional rooms. No foundation work will…
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Sat Sep 17, 2016
Aurora Betancourt answered:
Feel free to call me I sell in Emeryville !

Aurora Betancourt
Realtor CalBRE #01467453
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Wed Sep 14, 2016
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Wed Jun 15, 2016
Rich Reed answered:
And your posting in a section for Emeryville, CA 94608?
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Fri Mar 13, 2015
Winnie Tam answered:
Hi Jess

Since you asked this question in 2012, I am sure you have seen your home equity grow !
Let us hope it continues.
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Fri Feb 13, 2015
Kristin Ackermann answered:
Hi Babak-

I just checked and it looks like the posting went through three days ago... Are you still having trouble viewing it on your end?

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Sat Dec 27, 2014
Noemy Bengoa answered:
no dont get married its not worth it break up your Girlfriend will cheat on you
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Thu Dec 11, 2014
Robert Chomentowski answered:
Trulia is not exact. Try Zillow, rentometer, zilpy too. You should get a good average.
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Tue Jul 29, 2014
Oddish: you are stuck in the nightmare of 2014 with FNMA condo changes.
All condos, whether previously approved or not, are subject to reconsideration with FNMA.
With new construction, the project may have been previously approved, but you may be one of the first in 2014 to be closing (I see that 3 phases had previously been approved).
The approval process should not take longer than 4 weeks (we have had them approved in 2 weeks time), however, large adjustments/changes are now required by FNMA.
The most significant change is the HOA policy for the condos.
Once accepted, the umbrella policy, covering more than one condo development to cut costs, is no longer acceptable to FNMA, the HOA has to go through finding a new policy. If your association is still in control by the developer, this may be a shorter time frame. If the association is in the hand of the home owners, you have to have to schedule a meeting and a vote, etc, etc and you see how this could stretch you out with weeks and weeks of waiting.
Your lender should be know the answers to the questions of an estimated time of final project approval (they are the one who needed to initiate the approval process).
Your statement whether you should seek an attorney? I would recommend 'no'. They are not going to be able to push this any faster nor will they be able to change it (FNMA is right up there with the IRS and other higher entities!)...I would suggest that you discuss with your loan originator and see if you can hire an outside company (could be $1000) to get this fast tracked. Because you will be doing this for the entire project, we have seen HOAs reimburse the home owner as it is an expense that is for the good of the whole community.
Hope this works out for you soon and give me a call if you wish to discuss further.
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Sun Mar 9, 2014
The Medford Team answered:
There is no easy way to do this ... you have to input each address into the following link to see which school it goes to:

You can it narrow down by using the map search feature on sites like Trulia or HotPads to locate rentals in the general area, but to confirm each address to a specific school will still be labor intensive. ... more
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Sun Mar 9, 2014
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Wed Feb 26, 2014
Kristen Thompson answered:
The condo market in Emeryville perked up quite a bit in 2013. I would expect a rise in prices again in 2014. I would be happy to send you some market data if you are interested in a more in depth statistical analysis. I'd be happy to help. Thank you, Kristen ... more
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Sat Oct 19, 2013
Matthew Smith answered:
Hi Preet,

I have assisted buyer clients in this area. I have also just listed a very affordable and renovated 2- bedroom condo in nearby North Oakland, 924 Aileen St, Unit B. Take a look; it's a small, four-unit project that has a different feel from the larger Emeryville projects. Please contact me if you would like more information about this property or my buyer services.

Best regards,

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Sat May 25, 2013
Nancy Copeland answered:
Bill gave you great details about the neighborhood. From my experience there is a active trend to move into these areas. The homes are large and the lots are ample as well. And compared to homes in the Berkeley area - comparing sq footage - they are much more affordable. The area is fast developing and still an easy commute to the city and freeways. ... more
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Sat May 25, 2013
Nancy Copeland answered:
If you are seriously considering purchasing in any area, it is good to visit it at different times of the day. Go when you think you will be coming home from work to see how safe it is. Talk to the neighbors regarding their experiences in the neighborhood. And ask your realtor. Agents are a good source of location and all the amenities and activity in the area.

I specialize in Emeryville and can give you information on the lifestyle and conditions of specific area.

Call Nancy at 510 612-2441.
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Sat Mar 23, 2013
Jennifer Fivelsdal answered:

You should be very concern. Here in NY the Seller would be expected to get all the required CO before closing. That would mean the building inspector coming out and giving a list of items the seller would have to address.. I have seen building inspectors request the removal of such items a a deck..

The take away, a permit is much cheaper than a retrofit
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Sat Nov 24, 2012
Heidi Erdmann answered:
We just bought a condo in the Watergate community and would love to find a long term tenant.
Would you be interested in that area? The condo is a one bed room 1 Bath.
My email is
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Wed Oct 31, 2012
Lance King answered:
I agree with Carl. Hold up closing till you talk with an attorney. And make sure it's someone local experienced in this area of law.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
DRE# 01384425
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